Ibukun Odusote
Permanent Secretary
Federal Ministry of Environment

ABOUT NATIONAL OZONE OFFICE (NOO) NIGERIA

 Nigeria’s interest in the protection of the ozone layer dates back to 1978 when the United States Government informed the Nigerian Government that some industries in Nigeria were importing CFCs that had been banned in the US.  At the ninth and tenth meetings of the Governing Council of UNEP in 1982, Nigeria and Sweden sponsored a Resolution on the Protection of the Ozone Layer.  Nigeria participated actively in the negotiations leading to the Vienna Convention and the Montreal Protocol as well as co-sponsored the resolution of Article 5 on the special needs of developing countries, by which the Multilateral Fund was established. Nigeria acceded to the Vienna Convention and the Montreal Protocol on October 31, 1988, both of which entered into force on January 29, 1989.  Since ratifying the Protocol, Nigeria has continued to play an active role within its framework.
 
Nigeria had put in place all the necessary structures required for the implementation of the protocol namely the setting up of the National Ozone Office, the National Advisory Ozone Committee (NAOCOM), and the preparation of a Country Programme of action for the phase out of ODS.

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Some NOO Officers and other African delegates during a UNDP Workshop Towards the effective implementation of the Kigali Amendment in New York..
Some NOO Officers and other African delegates during a UNDP Workshop Towards the effective implementation of the Kigali Amendment in New York..
UNDP Workshop for National Ozone officers in NewYork USA 21 - 24, May 2019

The meeting gave an opportunity for the NOO to have a bilateral talk with Mr. Etienne Gonin (UNDP, MPU) & KCEP representative on the status of KCEP project and stage1 completion activities which will end by June 2019.

NOO participation at the Second OzonAction Global Inter-regional & KCEP Twinning workshops held in, Paris, France, 17 - 22 Feb, 2019
NOO participation at the Second OzonAction Global Inter-regional & KCEP Twinning workshops held in, Paris, France, 17 - 22 Feb, 2019
The meetings were organized by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) OzonAction and gave room for the National Ozone Officers within Inter-regional level to:

 discuss the recent decisions and recommendations of Parties as regards implementation of the Montreal Protocol (MP);

 meet with international and National Ozone experts (tagged Join the Experts session) for discussion on various MP issues;

 build capacity of National Ozone Officers (NOOs) and National Energy Policy Makers (NEPS) for linking Energy Efficiency (EE) with MP    objectives in support of the Kigali Amendment (KA).



NOO joint mission with officer and consultant from the MLF Secretariat for ODS Disposal evaluation
NOO joint mission with officer and consultant from the MLF Secretariat for ODS Disposal evaluation
workshop / training of the Beneficiary enterprises under RACM sector
workshop / training of the Beneficiary enterprises under RACM sector
on safer production of PU foam and Business Development co-organized by BASF Africa, Chemical co and UNIDO in Ibadan on 19 - 20 March, 2019
workshop on safer production of PU foam and Business Development by the Ministry in collaboration with UNIDO and the training conducted by the chemical company, BASF Africa
COMMEMORATION OF THE 2018 INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR THE PRESERVATION OF THE OZONE LAYER HELD ON THE 18TH OCTOBER, 2018 AT CHELSEA HOTEL, PLOT 123, CADASTRAL ZONE AO, CENTRAL BUSINESS DISTRICT, ABUJA, NIGERIA
COMMEMORATION OF THE 2018 INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR THE PRESERVATION OF THE OZONE LAYER HELD ON THE 18TH OCTOBER, 2018 AT CHELSEA HOTEL, PLOT 123, CADASTRAL ZONE AO, CENTRAL BUSINESS DISTRICT, ABUJA, NIGERIA

The Federal Ministry of Environment in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) organized the celebration of the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer with the theme “Keep Cool and Carry On”. 

JOINT MISSION WITH UNDP CONSULTANTS IN PREPARATION FOR COMPLETION OF HPMP STAGE I AND TRAINING OF KOMAJ CUSTOMERS (END-USERS) ON METHYL FORMATE TECHNOLOGY; HELD AT GOLFVIEW HOTEL, GRA, IKEJA, LAGOS.
JOINT MISSION WITH UNDP CONSULTANTS IN PREPARATION FOR COMPLETION OF HPMP STAGE I AND TRAINING OF KOMAJ CUSTOMERS (END-USERS) ON METHYL FORMATE TECHNOLOGY; HELD AT GOLFVIEW HOTEL, GRA, IKEJA, LAGOS.
The mission include the following activities carried out from 19 – 25 October, 2018:
1. Meeting between FMENV and UNDP international consultants
2. Meeting between joint team and Vitapur ltd
3. Joint team meeting with large & grant and Sparcle & Crystal on preparation for start up of Slavit project under HPMP II
4. Meeting with Komaj
5. Fact finding visit to Vitapur plant
6. Stakeholders workshop for Komaj customers 
Workshop on Aggregated Demand for Super-efficient Refrigeration & Air-conditioning in West Africa
Workshop on Aggregated Demand for Super-efficient Refrigeration & Air-conditioning in West Africa
Workshop on Aggregated Demand for Super-efficient Refrigeration & Air-conditioning in West Africa, Morocco, 1st march, 2018
The workshop was organized by the Institute for Governance & Sustainable Development (IGSD) with the aim to explore opportunities to aggregate demand for Room Air Conditioners (“buyers’ club”) with the aim to ensure affordability of super-efficient equipment. The workshop also aims to provide opportunity to learn from recent experience in India and explore innovative avenues to avoid penetration of expensive obsolete Refrigeration & Air-conditioning technologies. Participants include some representatives from NOOs, banks, equipment manufacturers and importers, refrigeration & air-conditioning associations and some government agencies from Morocco.

Completion of Upgrade of System House at Vitapur Nig. Ltd
Completion of Upgrade of System House at Vitapur Nig. Ltd

One of the Key components of stage I of the HPMP, Upgrade of a System House at Vitapur Nig. Ltd for the formulation of methyl formate (MF) based pre blended polyols to be used as alternative to HCFC 141b in the polyurethane foam sector. The project was completed early 2018. 

Installation of Low Pressure Foaming Machines for Beneficiary Ice Making Machine Manufacturers
Installation of Low Pressure Foaming Machines for Beneficiary Ice Making Machine Manufacturers
Monitored the installation of Low Pressure Foaming Machines (LPFM) distributed to some ice making machine manufacturers in some states of the country. 

The Federal Ministry of Environment through the NOO in collaboration with UNIDO monitored the installation of Low Pressure Foaming Machines (LPFM) distributed to some ice making machine manufacturers in some states of the country. The NOO also monitored training of beneficiaries. The installation & training started with Lagos beneficiaries in May, 2018 and ended in June, 2018 with Onitsha Beneficiaries. The machines are designed to use water, an ozone-friendly substance, as the blowing agent in the production of thermal insulation for ice cube making machines. The project is implemented under UNIDO component of the HPMP.


Page 57. Leadership Newspaper,Saturday 20th October 2018.